Policewoman awarded £275,000 over sex discrimination
A policewoman who endured sexist comments at work has been awarded £275,000 in damages from her former force, it emerged today.
Firearms officer Barbara Lynford won a sexual discrimination claim against Sussex Police after suffering embarrassing and humiliating sexual remarks when she joined an all-male team at Gatwick Airport.
At an employment tribunal in August 2007 she spoke of how her boss was openly sexist towards her and her male colleagues left men's magazines containing photographs of topless women lying around.
She also claimed her colleagues stretched their breaks into hours when they should have been on patrol.
She told the Brighton tribunal her boss endorsed his team taking "sickies" when they were not unwell while other officers refused to sit next to her or work with her in a team.
Ms Lynford, who joined Sussex Police 17 years ago before becoming part of the Gatwick team in 2002, also claimed her colleagues read private messages on her mobile phone and ran over it in a van on the day her grandmother died.
She was signed off work with work-related stress and never returned. Prior to this, she had only one day off sick in the previous four years.
After hearing her evidence the tribunal panel said it was "troubled" by the way she was treated and by the lack of support shown to her after she went on sick leave.
The ruling in November 2007 also added that these points "would benefit from further consideration" by the force.
Marion Fanthorpe, director of human resources for Sussex Police, said today: "We accept those areas that the tribunal found in favour of Pc Lynford and regret that our support for her fell short of the high personal and professional standards expected of everyone who works for Sussex Police.
"In the four years that have passed since the tribunal was first submitted, we have addressed the areas that were found against us and we are satisfied that our policies to drive mutual respect in the workplace are working well.
"They are open to public scrutiny via the force website.
"There have been no other related tribunals in the four years since this incident and Gatwick continues to be a popular place to work for male and female officers alike."
Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
Jihadi John': MI5 may have identified Isis militant who killed David Haines but options limited
Russia freezes Ukraine into submission: Kiev admits country doesn't have enough fuel for winter
Scottish independence: Police will be on high alert on Friday whatever the result
David Haines beheading: David Cameron says Britain will hunt down Isis 'monsters' shown in video murdering aid worker
Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute
The political class is doing what Hitler couldn’t – destroying Britain
Scottish independence: Nationalist leader Jim Sillars threatens pro-union companies with 'day of reckoning' after independence
Scottish independence: Yes campaign feels the heat as Alex Salmond's NHS claims come under furious attack
£23m Birmingham cycle scheme is attacked by Tory councillor for not catering to the elderly
Salmond accused of laughing off national debt with ‘what are they going to do: invade?’ joke
- 1 Scottish independence: Ireland since 1919 is a lesson for Scotland in what a Yes vote means
- 2 Thailand deaths: Pair's bloodied bodies found naked on Koh Tao beach
- 3 Lego breaks out of the toy box and heads for the gallery
- 4 Julian Assange and Edward Snowden join piracy mogul Kim Dotcom’s political campaign in New Zealand
- 5 Daniele Watts: Django Unchained actress detained by Los Angeles police after being mistaken for a prostitute